The IBM FlashSystem 9100 is an end-to-end NVMe storage system meaning it supports NVMe over Fabric with Fibre Channel and Ethernet as well as attaching storage devices in the form of SSDs and FlashCore Modules using PCIe with NVMe protocol. The FlashSystem 9100 has two models, the 9110 and 9150, targeted with the performance and capacity to cover requirements from mid-tier to high-end enterprises. With Spectrum Virtualize software in the FlashSystem 9100, it is capable of virtualizing other attached storage systems providing common administration, advanced features such as replication and snapshots, and the ability to seamless migrate data. The FlashSystem 9100 is a scale-out storage system with the basic unit being a pair of controllers that can be scaled to four pairs or eight controllers in a cluster. Included in the system is data reduction in Data Reduction Pools price. Data is deduplicated, compressed, and compacted as it is received in the 9100 controllers and stored in reduced form. Data in the virtualized external storage systems may also be reduced.
Storage devices used in the FlashSystem 9100 include NVMe protocol SSDs and FlashCore Modules. The FlashCore modules were re-engineered from the original FlashSystem 900 to attach to the controllers using PCIe and support the NVMe protocol. FlashCore modules are in a 2.5” form factor.
The functionality of the FlashSystem is the same as the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), Storwize systems, and FlashSystem V9000. The management is a web-based GUI that is highly advanced, targeted at an IT generalist. Different from most other storage systems, the advanced features are pre-installed on the FlashSystem 9100 with many being included in the base price of the system. Additional cost features are enabled with license keys.
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